I SOMETIMES MISS the magnolia blossoms in London and think of them a lot. Things are slowly getting ready to open again here and perhaps, if all goes well, we’ll be able to visit them again, along with the wisteria in Notting Hill. This week we’re deep in things from the past, for the vintage Sony stereo that P won on an online auction through reckless bidding finally arrived today, after hiring a man-with-a-van service to deliver it to somewhere near the Midlands before it was boxed and shipped here. (It did not arrive entirely unscathed.) Now we’re playing records, as well as cassette tapes, which (surprisingly) seem to have had a recent surge in popularity. It has something to do with their resurgence in Japan, evidently. I even found someone on Etsy who sells artfully decorated blank ones for you to create your mixed tapes on. P is planning on experimenting with creating music with cassette tapes and recording them on his iPad, which has the required the ordering of more dongles. This week we’ve been working feverishly on the archives once again, nearly completing 2017 and hoping to finish at least to 2o14. It seems someone always finds their way all the way back to those stories and it’s been quite wonderful for us to revisit some of them as well.
This week’s links include a beautiful book featuring Clover Farm, and a wonderful list of where to eat in Milan; Vincent van Gogh and key cut jeans, polo collar sweaters and much, much more.